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  • Connect

    Connect

    ★★½

    Set in Scotland and dealing with the high rate of male suicide in the country, this should have been right up my street. Kevin Guthrie is reliably great, and there are so many stories waiting to be told here, not to mention Scotland looks majestic on screen.

    It's actually okay that Connect is straightforward. A young man is dealing with suicidal thoughts, an older man spots him by the cliffs one evening, gives him a talking to. He then meets…

  • Aladdin

    Aladdin

    ★★★

    Somehow, the best of the live-action remakes so far. It's overlong and the autotune butchers some classic tunes, not to mention Guy Ritchie just isn't the director for this kind of material, but I had some fun with Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott running around Agrabah. Speechless is a great addition, even if the story generally deviates too far from the Disney classic.

    Look it probably helps Naomi Scott is the most beautiful person I've ever seen ok but the…

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  • A Silent Voice

    A Silent Voice

    ★★★★★

    Boy meets girl. Boy bullies girl. Boy matures and tries to set things right.

    I really hated Ishida. You're supposed to, obviously. He bullies Nishimiya for no reason other than her deafness. He would have bullied her regardless, just because she was new to the class. He is the ringleader and the enabler for his friends to bully her too.

    Cut to years later and something has changed. He's distanced himself from who he used to be. Ostracised by his…

  • Long Shot

    Long Shot

    ★★★½

    Cute and funny, ticking the 'rom' and 'com' boxes.

    Comes with a dewy-eyed dose of well-meant centrism though. A kind of "I'm your friend, I'm a Republican!" twist, a type of 2019 villainous reveal.

    It's totally right that Democrats/the left are ego-centric and impossible to talk to. During the reveal, it's Fred who's being the intolerant douchebag, immediately considering himself better because of his ideology. His right-wing friend doesn't do the same, and tries to find commonality in the situation.…